Down to seven dressed players for the game, the Bradley women’s basketball team faced a tough challenge against Eastern Illinois in part one of the Wednesday night doubleheader at Renaissance Coliseum.
The Braves could not handle the Panthers of EIU, even after overcoming a deficit of 16 points and ended up loosing 71-67.
Sophomore forward Jenny Smith and freshman guard Audrey Lawson sat out due to undisclosed injuries, and Coach Michael Brooks said that they are both waiting for the doctors to clear them.
Sophomore guard Taylor Shull began her indefinite suspension for violating team rules. Brooks indicated Shull will not return to action until he decides so.
The lack of depth looked like it was going to be the difference in the game, as the Braves were down as many as 16 points and could not contain EIU’s leading scorer Sabina Oroszova, who ended with a season-high 38 points.
The Braves made another large comeback in the second half and even led by two points with 12:58 left in the game. But the Panthers kept going back to Oroszova and the Braves had no answers for her on the offensive side.
Brooks said was not pleased with his team’s effort on Wednesday night and said he knows that his team can give more effort than they are currently displaying.
“I’m very disappointed with our lack of effort even with our lack in numbers,” Brooks said. “I think there is a lot more from this team, but I just don’t see the passion.”
Coach Brooks also tipped his cap off to the Panther’s leading scorer, but said he was disappointed that his team gave up her career high.
“We let her [Oroszova] have the game of her career and the game that she will tell grandkids about.”
Kelly Frings led the way for the Braves scoring a career high 23 points and finished with eight rebounds as well.